(By Jim Hock) Much has been said and written in recent months about the Obama Administration's move to try to make sense of all the reams of data in its possession. CIO Vivek Kundra, Deputy CIO Beth Noveck and CTO Aneesh Chopra deserve great credit for visionary leadership with data.gov and taking the first and important steps to put all this government information to use. And unlocking this information can help create the next great innovations, companies and most importantly, jobs. Think of the data from the National Weather Service and satellite data and how much that has created -- we are just at the surface.
One of those cool companies we have the pleasure to work with is called Socrata, a dynamic new startup based in Seattle that is unlocking data in a three dimensional and social way. Check out this great interview by Kevin Merritt, Socrata's CEO, talking about data as the "new black" on ABC News.